Oct 4, 2012 12:00pm PDT
basically a part-timer at pbs. it was a curious choice of all the journalists that jim lehrer is who they called on for this. the one criticism that i see that resonates the most with me. we have three presidential debates and this was the domestic policy debaltdebate. this was a narrow set of policy questions last night. there were no questions about immigration last night or gay marriage last night. >> women's issues. >> these are major issues in the campaign and there's a movement to diversify the moderator pool a little bit. >> jim lehrer is a historic choice for them, but they treated him as a replacement ref. he should be out of the pool. >> i didn't think he was great. you can't blame the moderator. they had the same. >> he was terrible at his job. >> ultimately this wasn't about jim lehrer but president obama and mitt romney. they both had the opportunity to take advantage of the situation, and one did and one didn't. >> all right. so what do we make of all the 2012 election predictions out there? the original nate, nate silver is in the guest spot next, or is it becoming the
Oct 5, 2012 12:00pm PDT
big bird. putting pbs funding aside mitt romney gave a small gift to the incumbents. big birds will show up outside romney rallies showing up signs say don't kill me. think this through. i have to say i didn't predict this was a big issue out of the debate, but there was big bird showing up at rallies. it's funny out of the debate the two big take-aways were the president lost and big bird. >> big bird the definite winner. >> and let me say as somebody who has to bring it back to the 1990s and 1980s, chicken george, 1992. george bush wouldn't debate. they sent a chicken to rallies to taunt him. >> not a good day for birds. can a bad campaigner make a good president? at least one candidate in this campaign is hoping so. >>> andrew is the fourth generation owner of the rosenwach tanks. today these tanks are shaped by hand with half-century old tools. he said you don't throw out what works but build upon it. for more watch this business on sunday morning on msnbc. [ male announcer ] you know that guy who sells those remote control helicopters at the mall. buy 'em or don't. whatever man
Oct 3, 2012 12:00pm PDT
tonight and all for a moment, assume the role of moderator, jim lehrer, pbs, a moderating this thing tonight. let just go around right now, we will start with you, howard. you got jim lehrer's seat, the two questions in front of you -- two candidates right in front of you. what is the one question that you think would you most like to see jim lehrer ask one of these candidates tonight? >> i would focus on mitt romney because this really is it for mitt. i would go right at the central concern. i would say i would ask, governor, bain capital, which you helped to run, had many successes but it also had many failures. the bering company, the typewriter company, name a list of them. have you ever met, have you ever talked to, do you note names of or anything about the lives of any of the people from those plants that closed as a result of the investments of bain cap signal give me a name, give me a story. >> probably knows the ones the obama campaign ads have mentioned, right? >> probably knows those but those aren't the ones he wants to mention. >> probably doesn't want to bring them up.